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Union Station, the New I-40 and the Future of Mass Transit in OKC
Part I: Remembering a Depot (Feb 18, 2007)

The destruction of much of Oklahoma City’s Union Station rail yard to make way for the
I-40 Crosstown Expressway could begin in the near future. KGOU begins a weekly series examining the history of Union Station, the controversy over the highway project and the plans underway to address the metro’s future public transportation needs. On today’s show, rail advocate Tom Elmore of the Moore-based North American Transportation Institute gives us a tour of historic Union Station.

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WEB EXTRAS: “Railroad building in years past has always had its accompaniment of humor, pathos, violence and even tragedy,” write Preston George and Sylvan Wood in their 1943 treatise The Railroads of Oklahoma. To get a sense of just how important passenger trains were in the decades leading up to the building of Union Station, listen to this account of the dispute between the citizens of Enid and the Rock Island Line that almost turned deadly:MP3

Former railroad worker Jim Pasby shared with us his memories of the passenger train era in Oklahoma. We didn't have time to include it in the show, but you can listen here:MP3

If you missed it, check out “The Train-ing of Oklahoma,” KGOU’s award-winning documentary on the important role passenger trains played in the early history of Oklahoma (scroll down to 9/4/06 show after clicking on link)

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